DIY robotics package teaches how to code, build, and explore robotics

DIY robotics package teaches how to code, build, and explore robotics

     People are excited about robotics, and for good reason. They are influencing our world more and more every day, with the advent of drones, the development of artificial intelligence, and the integration of automated manufacturing. It is a dynamic, booming field. But it can be intimidating for hobbyists or beginners to break into, simply due to the vastness of the field and the complexities of the subject. Luckily, there are many robotics kits that teach beginners in a DIY (do it yourself) manner, introducing them to the basics that will lay the foundation for their continued exploration of robotics.

     These kits are the perfect way to get into robotics. They have all the parts, saving you time, energy, and money it takes to search and order individual pieces. Besides the metal pieces that form the structure, there are also an array of sensors that make your robot a moving, sensing, “thinking” creation. They can sense light, sound, distances, and more. There are fun components, like LEDs and servomotors. Perhaps best of all, these kits come with software packages that walk you through every step of the way. This gives you the skills you need to get going, starting your path into robotics.

     These kits are a comprehensive, convenient way to learn all you need to know about robotics. All the basics are covered. This includes broad-brush topics, like physics and electricity, as well as specifics like what a servomotor is. There are also a number of skills that comprise an all-around robotics education, like coding, using tools to build the robot, and the electronics knowledge required to wire up the device. All robotics, no matter what level, use this body of knowledge as the foundation. More advanced robots, like those built in labs, break up the process so that specialists can contribute their extensive knowledge into things like software writing or mechanical engineering, but at the introductory level, being a jack-of-all-trades is the optimal way to begin.

 Robotics has the ability to inspire wonder and amazement, from young kids like this to teenagers and adults alike. By its nature, robotics promotes creative exploration, unlike many STEM fields.

 Robotics has the ability to inspire wonder and amazement, from young kids like this to teenagers and adults alike. By its nature, robotics promotes creative exploration, unlike many STEM fields.

    Even for those who find that they don’t want to pursue robotics further, the skills they learn will translate into other aspects of life. More specifically, learning how to code is an invaluable, marketable ability. Our world is becoming increasingly defined by the technology and information that surrounds us, and code is how we interact with almost all the software that makes our virtual world keep turning. Not everyone will be an IT manager, software engineer, or database specialist. But knowing even the basics of coding, like how to think algorithmically, exercises your critical thinking skills and appeals to a huge range of employers.

     And that doesn’t even begin to describe how important coding is if you do decide to continue in robotics. Without some kind of digital instructions, our robots are nothing more than fancy paperweights. The sensors, servos, and circuits all need code to function. Much like our brain controls all our limbs and sensory organs, the circuit board on a robot controls all these functions. And if we want to tell the robot what to do, as well as receive data from the robot that its sensors pick up, we need to ‘speak’ to it via code. The software contained in these DIY kits simplifies the process, but it still takes some effort to learn the coding language. Once you become proficient, the robot’s function is only limited by the physical pieces and your imagination.

It takes a great amount of creativity, ingenuity, and intelligence to make a robot as sophisticated as a Mars lander. These skills are developed from the very beginning. As you can see, robotics can take you far!

It takes a great amount of creativity, ingenuity, and intelligence to make a robot as sophisticated as a Mars lander. These skills are developed from the very beginning. As you can see, robotics can take you far!

     With the power of code and other robotics skills, the experience of learning robotics goes from following instructions to true exploration. These kits are structured, walking you along and holding your hand until your basic skills are solidified. But there is plenty of room to have your own discovery-based experience. There is often a sandbox mode in the software package. The hints, suggestions, and clues are totally gone, allowing you to do whatever you want with your robot. If you are curious about what exactly you can do with your robot, there is bound to be a library of commands and documentation. This tells you what commands your robot understands, as well as the actions you can make them do. For independent thinkers and tinkerers, this is the best way to truly comprehend all the possibilities contained in the field of robotics.

     The biggest obstacle for beginners looking to get into robotics is finding a resource that can introduce them, teach them, but not stifle their creativity. DIY beginner kits fill these requirements perfectly. The skills they teach apply to a range of subjects, making them invaluable for garages and classrooms alike. Coding opens a world of possibilities within the field of robotics, but also in the professional world. Most of all, robotics is a creative and growing field. Once the basic skills are under your belt, you have total ownerships of the devices you create from scratch. You will construct, code, and innovate to your heart’s desire. This is the type of independence and critical thinking that drives our world forward and makes robotics such an innovative field.